Posts in December
The death of Mary Russell, 81, from a bleed to the brain after an alleged assault by her 88-year-old husband Albert, has highlighted the fact that domestic violence among older couples is far more common than is generally thought.
Their age often means police, social care and health professionals are not as aware of the problem as they should be. “The abuse, whether physical or psychological, is often very long-term, perhaps throughout a 40-year marriage. The abuser can often present as very frail: if the woman has a disability or is in failing health it can add to her vulnerability,” said Mary Mason, director of Solace Women’s Aid, a London domestic violence service that has Equality and Human Rights Commission funding to develop a project for older women.
MINAB (The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board) opened the floor to different backgrounds of faiths coming together in discussing and raising awareness of domestic abuse. Nour attended this discussion to see how we can collectively tackle this issue and what other faiths were doing about this. One thing for sure was that everyone agreed it still is a major issue in the 21st century and not being exclusive to any one faith.
Four weeks after my 13th birthday, my dad killed my mum. He stabbed her in the chest 16 times using two bread knives. The murder was premeditated; he had brought the knives to the house with him earlier that day, and after he was arrested he confessed his intent.
That day I had come home ready to give my mum the fiver I had borrowed from her the week before. I was met by police officers. They didn’t say what was wrong. My friend two doors down came over and I knew by his reaction that something awful had happened.